Leyte Samar Daily Express
PALO, Leyte — This early of 2010, the new leadership of the Philippine National Police in this region has started the implementation of reshuffling automatically affecting seven senior police officers coming from inside and outside Region 8.
As in fact eight-days before the end of 2009, Senior Supt. Pio Manito, then chief of the Operations Division of Police regional office here, was pulled out to replace Senior Supt. Doroteo Palconit who is due for his compulsory retirement in March this year, in which he availed the month’s non-duty status prior to the official retirement date of a retiring police officer.
Palconit is seeking the mayoral post in Calubian, Leyte, and that the PNP regional headquarters was forced to pullout Palconit for delicadeza and some pressures from the public.
It was only last December 29, 2009 when the new regional director of the PNP Chief Supt.Rey L. Lañada assumed his office, without any delay he immediately ordered the relief of overstaying PNP provincial director of Eastern Samar Senior Supt. Prudencio dela Cruz, who is also lined-up and among the 36 PNP personnel scheduled to retire this year.
Dela Cruz will be retiring on April this year after close to four years service in this region. He was replaced in simple turnover of command yesterday by another senior police officer Sr. Supt. Felixberto Castillo from Batangas and former head of Highway Patrol Group in Ormoc City years back.
Senior Supt. Wilson Caubat was also relieved from his position as chief of the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Division where he only served for only three months. Another senior police officer coming from outside this region replaced him and he was identified by PCR chief and PRO-8 spokesperson Sr. Supt. Manuel Cubillo as Supt Crizaldo Nieves.
Caubat, according to Cubillo, is scheduled to replace Senior Supt. Leonardo Cesneros, now provincial director of the Biliran province.
Cesneros was reported to be given a juicy position in Camp Crame.
Another sensitive post in PRO-8 is now being managed by Sr. Supt. Jaysen De Guzman as head of the Finance Service Office, after Supt. Gino Hermosisima then holding the said post was transferred to General Santos City for the same position.
Lañada when asked by the media immediately after he officially assumed office said that revamp was one of his first agenda during the week of January, where he assured that non-performing police officers holding key positions will be relieved as he explained that hard working policemen will be of great help in the PNP’s program implementation.
“Reshuffling of PNP position is part of the routine , but those who are working and performing leaders in the PNP will remain at their posts, depende na yun, di naman lahat ay aalisin natin sa kani-kanilang puwesto, eh kung nagtatrabaho sila bakit natin aalisin”, Lañada added.
Reliable sources said that senior police officers are urging the local leadership of the PNP to make it a policy that senior officers coming from this region will be at the top priority in giving top positions than accom-modating senior officers that are coming outside this region. (MIRIAM G. DESACADA)